When we take your personal injury case, you gain access to our successful and compassionate legal team, bringing with them over 40 years of experience delivering clients the compensation they deserve. Every successful case gives our clients the ability to move on with their lives, free of financial hardship. We will do the same for you.

Our personal injury attorneys’ expertise makes us uniquely qualified to answer any legal questions related to personal injury, auto accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident and wrongful death claims. In fact, we do just that, every day. Below are some quick topics we’ve answered frequently from clients just like you, who are looking to gain control of their lives after a traumatic injury.

Bond Sanchez-Gordon lawyers work tirelessly to find the answers and explanations you need. Because we handle a smaller amount of cases compared to other law firms, we have more time for our clients’ questions. It also gives us opportunities to provide more support services during the legal process.

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The short answer is, yes. You are the one responsible for collecting the information on how much it will cost to repair your car.

However, it’s a little easier these days, as many of the insurance companies have contracts with drive-up claim centers. If your car is not driveable, the company will send out an adjuster who will estimate the damages to your auto.

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The insurance company will not buy a new car to replace a totaled vehicle.  It’s more likely the claim damages paid will not cover the cost of what your car was worth before the accident.

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If the insurance company calculates it will be more expensive to fix the car than what it’s worth on the market (fair market value) it is a total loss.

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The first thing you should do is to make sure you see a doctor right away.  Getting in an accident of any kind will give you an adrenaline rush and cover up any pain you might have.  An examination will document any injuries and determine recovery needs.

You should also call your insurance company and let them know what happened.  Keep the information limited to what you can confirm as fact.  No guessing!  If you are not sure if you have an injury, or the extent, don’t say anything.  Being casual and telling them you are ‘fine’ can negate any future coverage for injuries.

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It depends on what state you were in when the accident happened, and what helmet and fault laws are in place. 

There are three types of state helmet laws; universal, partial or no helmet law.  28 of the states are in effect for riders of a certain age – usually those under 18. Currently, only three states have no helmet laws.

Fault and no-fault laws will also play a part in the claim. If your state is no-fault, your insurance will be the one to handle the request for and you will NOT be able to recover damages from the other driver’s insurance. If you’re in an at-fault state, you can recover costs from the other driver’s insurance.

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Generally, if you are in an accident, your motorcycle sustained some severe damage, and you’ll likely be filing a claim. However, it’s a good rule of thumb to check what would happen to rates if you did file.

If the cost of the repair is less than how much the claim would raise your rates afterward, it’s best not to file.  As an example, if it cost $150 to repair your bike but the insurance company will raise your rates by $500 per year, don’t file a claim.

If you do not have motorcycle insurance at the time of the accident, hire a personal injury attorney.

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There is no rule requiring a claim is only valid when accompanied by an assessment from a licensed medical doctor.  Will there be some adjusters who try to convince you otherwise?  Possibly.

However, you are the best judge of what healthcare professional will give you the treatment you need.  Again, your job is to recuperate and return to good health.

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Even if you feel it’s a minor accident, you still need to follow the normal process for a crash. Making sure you are out of traffic and safe is the priority. Once this is done, call the police and after all necessary reporting has finished, get yourself checked out by a doctor as soon as possible.

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There are several names for the large commercial trucks on the road today; Mac truck, big rig, 18-wheeler, semi or tractor-trailer. Large commercial trucks are defined by the number of axles they have. In general, semi-trailers have five, compared to the two axles found on a pickup truck.

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In accidents involving commercial trucks such as semis, there is generally more damage. This is the result of the size and weight of the trucks, what kind of load they carry, and their inability to stop on a dime. 

Because of these factors, trucks hauling large loads are under different rules of the road. Primary oversight is handled by the federal government and regulated through the Department of Transportation.

Commercial carriers must register with all required federal agencies, pass regular inspections, carry certain amounts of insurance, keep logs and meet other standards to operate their business safely. This is very different than the rules in place for cars.

The regulations for how much insurance is required is also very different for commercial truckers. There are minimum amounts according to what freight is being transported.  Also, the insurance coverage may be limited and not enough to meet the legal standard of making the injured party ‘whole.’ Many opt for just enough insurance coverage.

These differences play a big part in an accident claim, and each needs to be reviewed in detail to understand where the fault lies and how to proceed. It also is a much longer process than an auto accident investigation as a result. Evidence is gathered from three different sources, the truck driver, the vehicle and the cargo.

Due to the complicated nature of these accidents, more of these claims go to court, especially since insurance and trucking companies want to minimize their liability. Do not expect them to play fair or quickly give up critical information in the case.

If you find yourself a victim of an accident with a semi-truck, it’s essential to review details with a qualified attorney as soon as possible.  This is not a claim you want to handle without a professional.

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The type of lawsuit is defined by who pursues the charges.  In criminal cases, the government determines the charges under criminal law. In a civil suit, the case is between individuals and organizations.

In the case of the government, it has the power to hand down jail time, monetary damages and other penalties. Civil cases are typically only for money damages.

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No, there are differences among state laws. Some won’t allow certain types of awards for damages. Others may impose various statutes of limitation. Therefore, it is critical to work with legal expertise. 

Civil cases for wrongful death can be enormously complex and time-consuming – even when you know the law. Many cases like this take years of preparing legwork through discovery before getting to litigation.

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Murder is a criminal act and is therefore prosecuted by the state under criminal laws. Besides monetary damages, jail time and other penalties may be imposed if the individual is found guilty.

Wrongful death is prosecuted in the civil courts, with ‘a preponderance of the evidence’ used to prove the facts of the case. Medical malpractice is a type of negligent behavior on the part of medical professionals.

However, not every medical malpractice case qualifies as a wrongful death case, and not all wrongful death cases qualify as medical malpractice.

Finally, don’t let confusion and doubt delay you from filing a claim.  States have different time limits on how long you have to submit and missing the deadline will leave you no options for reimbursement or legal action.

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